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Old 12-05-2012, 12:23 PM
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Default Shoot house in the south bay? opinions please

A friend and I are considering opening a gun range, possibly with a shoot house. This would be in the south bay, possibly near Santa Clara. I don't know though if there is actually demand for a public accessible shoot house to justify the expense. What do you think? Would that be the kind of place you'd go to regularly? Or is it just too novelty, and you prefer a regular range?
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Old 12-05-2012, 12:26 PM
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Fyi, this is all still in the idea phase.
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Old 12-05-2012, 12:29 PM
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I would be totally interested in this! How would you determine who is/isn't qualified to run in a shoot house though? Training through your range only (like Reeds does), or would you recognize training completed with other firms, etc.

If there was a place in Santa Clara to do more than static shooting, it's something that I would be interested enough to potentially pay yearly dues. This area needs more good indoor ranges.
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There would definitely be a training requirement more than just basic firearm safety rules. We're considering an idea of a loss leader priced class in house that goes over rules and handling specific for the shoot house, but we're too early in the process to say what is or isn't ok as far as outside training or how involved the in house would be.
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I am way out of your area.

I think liability insruance for this would be a nightmare, but there are shoot huoses in Cali.

Good luck, I hope it works and you guys do well, I know I would check it out.
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Old 12-06-2012, 8:46 PM
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Have you ever trained in a shoot house?

I only ask because it doesn't make sense to have an 'open to civilian' shoot house. It makes sense to run a range where the shoot house can be reserved and classes run through it, but in that case you're not setting any guidelines other than who you rent it to. If you're thinking some range officer will run folks through it then you should consider another business.

That said, there's huge demand for one.
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i'm in the area and would love more range options. although i'm not really familiar with shoot houses or what it takes to ensure the safety of such an event.
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I would love a shoot house, buti agree with the above, you couldn't just let Joe blow off the street sign up and run though it. I think setting it up and letting vetted instructors teach classes there would be the way to go. I for one, would take classes there and use the facility quite often
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There is certainly a demand for one in Bay Area.
maybe you should contact some of local firearms instructors (maybe LMS or Gray Ops?) and ask them for opinion?
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Sounds like fun, maybe just allow one person in the house at a time and have an iron clad waiver for people who have "accidents"
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I would be so down for this. It'll be hard getting it going with training, insurance, and whatnot. But if you can get one up and running, I'll be there every week.
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I'd definitely go. Having a local place to shoot in any format other than simple bench shooting would tremendously improve the south bay.
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Have you ever trained in a shoot house?

I only ask because it doesn't make sense to have an 'open to civilian' shoot house. It makes sense to run a range where the shoot house can be reserved and classes run through it, but in that case you're not setting any guidelines other than who you rent it to. If you're thinking some range officer will run folks through it then you should consider another business.

That said, there's huge demand for one.
This. Unless you're doing airsoft, shoothouses are not for recreational shooters. There are very few people in the U.S. who are properly trained to safely run one that's live fire.
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I would be down to train in one if it was available.
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WHy not open this range shoot house in a place that really needs a range like right in your own back yard, not where there is a range every mile...
We need a range so bad here in sonoma co..
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WHy not open this range shoot house in a place that really needs a range like right in your own back yard, not where there is a range every mile...
We need a range so bad here in sonoma co..
There is a bigger customer base in the bay
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There is a bigger customer base in the bay
There may be more people in the bay area but there are a ton of shops and ranges in the bay area.. here in sonoma co, we have only 1 range and that place is the worst and its terrible for pistol and the condition is terrible.... the closest range is 25 miles away. in another county..
A shooting range would do so well here in our co.
I sure wish I had the money to back a range ... Id be right on it..
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To run a live fire shoot house even remotely safely you will need at least 3 RO's per shooter.
And you will have to do a full check of the shoot house between shooters.
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Sounds awesome... I'd love to be part of it... sERIOUS!!
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Old 12-08-2012, 6:53 AM
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I'd be interested in a range where you pay membership fees and are able to reserve a lane where you're free to shoot your own targets (except for bottles, TVs, trash, etc) and be your own RO. Not many ranges like this in the SF Bay.

A shoot house would be fun too but that can be setup at another lane. When I lived in Vegas, I'd shoot at this place: dsrpc. I'd love to have a similar place nearby and would pay up to $200/years based on what's available.
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